Subhash Ghai who was in Cannes to announce his first ever international film based on Osho was honored with the TITAN Reginald F Lewis Film Honors for his legendary contribution to Indian cinema. He received this honor the same day when he received an award on behalf of veteran actress Sridevi’s family making the moment overwhelming for him.
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai was accompanied by Namrata Goel – producer of the film Manto for the ceremony held at a majestic beach in Cannes with mostly western audience. When Subhash Ghai was asked to speak about the late actress he realized that most of the audience present there won’t know the legend Sridevi was. He began with introducing India and it’s 1.3 billion population, followed by Indian cinema and then queen of Indian cinema Sridev and how the entire nation paid tribute to India’s first superstar on her sudden demise who worked in 300 films in 7 different languages.
Subhash Ghai was ecstatic to talk about Sridevi and even enacted a scene on how Sridevi used to deliver her dialogues with electric effect and otherwise being so calm on sets and how she always surprised the director along with the entire unit. He also shared that in between the scenes Sridevi used to tweak the dialogues and perform it so magically that he often changed dialogues of the co-actor to raise a bar set by her. Subhash Ghai described Sridevi as a naïve simple lady with dignity but electrifying in front of camera who tirelessly worked to become an icon for next generation.
Event was mostly attended by western film makers and gave huge ovation for Sridevi. Mr Ghai also thanked organisers to honour him with certificate of tribute to his legendary work in indian cinema